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The Stress Factor – The Gift of Chocolate

Chocolate is the first luxury. It has so many things wrapped up in it: deliciousness in the moment, childhood memories, and that grin-inducing feeling of getting a reward for being good.

-Mariska Hargitay, Actress

I will be short and sweet. Legitimately sweet as I share today’s stress relieving gift—CHOCOLATE!

Yes. I am serious. Research reveals the truth:

  • Proteome Research: This study discovered many of the benefits dark chocolate offers:
    • Rich in antioxidants linked to health benefits
    • Reduces level of emotional stress
    • Improves insulin sensitivity
    • Improves mood
    • Beneficial effects on metabolism
    • Diminishes risk factors for heart disease
  • University of Damman Research: This study focused on medical students as they typically work under enormous stress. The research disclosed chocolate (dark and milk):
    • Mean stress scores decreased on average by 2 and 3 points
    • Dark chocolate blunted the body’s response to the brain signals of stress
    • More statistically significant in female students as compared to males.

Well, this is interesting. Research verifies what you have always known: When you are stressed, you eat ice cream, cake, chocolate, and sweets. Why? Because stressed spelled backward is desserts. Anonymous

The truth is that eating a piece of dark chocolate in the morning and mid-afternoon is a proactive stress fighter. That means it is time to stock your desk drawer with dark chocolate for you and your peers as fuel not only to combat stress but for higher productivity as well. So, are you willing to take this assignment on for the greater good of your organization? Thanks for considering making such a sacrifice.


Nancy Fredericks is a preeminent Business Executive Strategist, Author and Thought Leader. Corporations like Johnson & Johnson, PepsiCo, Allergan and Transamerica have retained her to optimize individual and organizational performance.

As a gifted coach, she partners with executives to produce sustainable, powerful results. Her approach identifies hidden problems that keep executives from mastering the gap between the results they are currently producing and the results they are capable of and want to produce in expanding their leadership range. She brings more to a coaching relationship than simply business savvy—she is an innovative collaborator.

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